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Default silver solder for silver "plating"?

If I get some of that high-percentage silver solder and "tin" a piece of
brass with it, will I get a surface that can be polished and look like a
silver-plated bit of brass?

This because
a) the bit of brass is quite small;
b) silver-plating isn't done locally; and
c) mail-order kits to do silver plating are rather too expensive for this
item


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I don't see why not. Don't polish through. g

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If I get some of that high-percentage silver solder and "tin" a piece of
brass with it, will I get a surface that can be polished and look like a
silver-plated bit of brass?

This because
a) the bit of brass is quite small;
b) silver-plating isn't done locally; and
c) mail-order kits to do silver plating are rather too expensive for this
item




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If I get some of that high-percentage silver solder and "tin" a piece of
brass with it, will I get a surface that can be polished and look like a
silver-plated bit of brass?

This because
a) the bit of brass is quite small;
b) silver-plating isn't done locally; and
c) mail-order kits to do silver plating are rather too expensive for this
item


No. The silver content is too low. However, if you buy solder for sterling
from a jewelry supply house, it will likely work. You may not be
successful in getting a nice, smooth layer. You might find you polish
through it. Hard to say.

Silver solder, as it applies to those of us that work in other than jewelry
shops, usually runs around 50% or so in silver, and is a light yellow color,
far from the color of silver. Silver is the whitest of all the white
metals.

Good luck!

Harold


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If I get some of that high-percentage silver solder and "tin" a piece of
brass with it, will I get a surface that can be polished and look like a
silver-plated bit of brass?


No. The silver content is too low.


I agree with Harold. I have tried several different brands of silver solder
and the color varies drastically from brass color to slight yellow tint.
The brass color solder contained cadinum and the lighest color was Harris
brand.

I have seen spots of very silver color on the part but I cannot determine
what causes them. They occur where there is extra flux and the solder
migrates a considerable distance from the joint. Must be some combination
of distance and heat.

chuck
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On Mon, 6 Jun 2005 21:31:34 -0300, "jtaylor"
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If I get some of that high-percentage silver solder and "tin" a piece of
brass with it, will I get a surface that can be polished and look like a
silver-plated bit of brass?

This because
a) the bit of brass is quite small;
b) silver-plating isn't done locally; and
c) mail-order kits to do silver plating are rather too expensive for this
item

But you can buy the just the solution from Caswell, and other places,
for less than 20 bucks. Using a 1.5 volt power supply and info from
the Caswell web site will enable you to do what you want. The power
supply can just be a single battery cell.
ERS


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Ted Edwards
 
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Eric R Snow wrote:
But you can buy the just the solution from Caswell, and other places,
for less than 20 bucks. Using a 1.5 volt power supply and info from
the Caswell web site will enable you to do what you want. The power
supply can just be a single battery cell.


Use brush plating technique. You can make all the parts. Use a clean
carbon rod wrapped with cotton batting for the anode. This technique is
gtreat for small parts since you only use enough of your solution for
the job and don't contaminate or dilute your solution bottle.

Ted
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